Announcers don’t necessarily have easy jobs. At least, it’s not easy to speak into a live microphone for three hours and have every single thing you say be second-guessed by millions of people who all think they can do your job better.
NBC’s Cris Collinsworth apparently reached his breaking point, at least when it came to hearing from Bill Simmons of HBO and The Ringer.
Simmons sometimes references Collinsworth, the longtime “Sunday Night Football” color commentator, on his podcasts, imitating his voice. Simmons has poked fun of Collinsworth talking about deflate-gate late in Super Bowl XLIX, when the New England Patriots were driving for the winning score. He has criticized Collinsworth and NBC play-by-play announcer Al Michaels (who has appeared multiple times on Simmons’ podcast) for supporting Roger Goodell.
On Sunday night, Simmons was on Collinsworth’s case about a comment he made on the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line.
Somebody needs to gently break the news to Collinsworth that the Pats have a weak front 7 and that's why Seattle's o-line looks good.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 14, 2016
Because Simmons has said before that he likes the “SNF” crew and that he respects their work, that doesn’t seem too harsh. And maybe Collinsworth’s response could be viewed as a good-natured jab back, but Collinsworth got personal by referencing Simmons’ recently cancelled TV show, “Any Given Wednesday.”
Collinsworth deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, but of course it was saved in screen shots:
— theScore (@theScore) November 14, 2016
Ouch. Low blow.
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